March is Social Work Month

Date: March 21, 2018

Celebrated each March, National Professional Social Work Month is an opportunity for social workers across the country to turn the spotlight on the profession and highlight the important contributions they make to society.

United Way social workers work in our 15 Family Stability sites providing homelessness prevention and shelter diversion for families, for the 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline, and in the partner schools operating our On Track 4 Success education program.

Every day the nation’s 650,000 social workers act as advocates, champions and leaders who make our society a better place to live. At United Way of Central Maryland, we have 21 employees and seven interns with an undergraduate degree, advanced degree and/or licenses in fields of social work. This committed group of people are making a meaningful and measurable difference in the lives of families and individuals across our region.

Let’s meet some of them.

 

Auna Cooper, LGSW
Family Stability Lead Case Manager

Licensed for two years with a total of 11 years of experience in the social work field.

“My favorite part about being a Social Worker is assisting diverse people and families from all walks of life, hearing their stories and learning about their resiliency despite adversity.”

 

 


Jamie Meyers, LGSW
Assistant Director, Impact Strategies

Licensed for two years.

Background in program management addressing issues related to homelessness, veterans and the criminal justice system.

“My favorite thing about social work is meeting people where they are and empowering them to see their best potential.”

 

 


Dante de Tablan, LGSW and PhD student
Vice President, The United Way Ben Franklin Center at Brooklyn/Curtis Bay

Area of expertise: Resource, Program and Community Development

“We can change the world.”

 

 

 


Sue Poandl, MSW
Volunteer Coordinator, 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline

In the field of human services for 21 years.

Focus: Families and children.

Background: Volunteer management, school social work, child welfare training, technical assistance implementation, domestic violence and transitional housing.

“I believe that we all do better when we can join together to lift each other up. I enjoy connecting with people and partnering with them to change things.”

 


Amanda Benjamin, LGSW
Social Worker, On Track 4 Success

Licensed for 1.5 years.

Experience with youth and families, self-care, mindfulness practices, restorative practices, service learning and program development.

“My students are some of the most inspiring, resilient and hilarious people I’ve ever met. I feel really honored to get to witness their journeys and watch them grow.”

 

 


Emily Brzezicki, LCSW-C
Family Services Coordinator, The United Way Ben Franklin Center at Brooklyn/Curtis Bay

Licensed social worker for 10 years, LCSW-C for 7 years.

Areas of Expertise: Trauma focused care; attachment and parenting; infant, child and adolescent mental health; crisis management

“I love that I can work with multiple generations at a time (children, young parents and grandparents) and support them in growing and reaching their individual and family goals.”

 

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